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Rosh Hashanah

Israel National Holiday in Israel and observed globally as a key Jewish festival

The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is generally known as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar

How long until New Year ?
This holiday next takes place in 286 Days.
Duration
2 Days
Local Name
Rosh HaShana
Summary
The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is generally known as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar
Dates of New Year
Year Weekday Date
2018 Monday September 10th
2017 Thursday September 21st
2016 Monday October 3rd
2015 Monday September 14th
2014 Thursday September 25th

The Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is generally known as the New Year's Day of the Jewish calendar, but Rosh Hashanah actually has a fourfold meaning - It is the Jewish New Year, the Day of Judgement, the Day of Remembrance, and the Day of Shofar Blowing.

  • It is the Day of Judgement - Jews across the world examine their past deeds and asks for forgiveness for their sins.
  • It is the Day of Shofar Blowing - The Shofar (the rams horn) is blown in temples to herald the beginning of the 10 day period known as the High Holy Days.
  • It is the Day of Remembrance - As Jews remember the history of their people and pray for Israel.
  • And of course it is New Year's Day - Celebrated with it's holiday greeting cards, special prayers, and festive and eating sweet foods such as apples dipped in honey (to ensure sweetness in the New Year).


Rosh Hashanah is observed the first and second day of the seventh month of the Jewish calender, Tishri. Coming in the Fall season of the western calendar, usually in September.

Rosh Hashanah is traditionally the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

In Israel Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday that lasts for two days as it is considered too important to be observed for only 24 hours.

Both days are considered one long day of 48 hours.

The traditions of Rosh Hashanah are simple as the only commandment specified for the holiday is the blowing of the shofar. In temple the shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah to herald the beginning of the period known as the High Holy Days.


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